Switzerland to promote photovoltaic systems with CHF 450 million
Post date: 12/11/2021 - 12:29
In 2020, photovoltaic systems with a capacity of 475 MW were newly installed in Switzerland. »A record addition, which could be surpassed in the current year,« says the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). To ensure that the expansion can continue next year without waiting periods for subsidies, CHF 450 million francs ($488 million) will be available for photovoltaic in 2022.
From January to the end of October 2021, more than 18,000 photovoltaic systems with a total capacity of 360 MW were registered for the one-off subsidy. This is around 25 percent more plants than in the same period last year. In the third quarter of 2021, there were 40 percent more than in the same quarter of the previous year. In the month of September alone, there were more than 2,000 applications, BfE reports.
All system operators who submitted their applications between April 2020 and August 2021 will receive assurance of funding under the one-time payment for small photovoltaic systems (KLEIV) by the end of 2021. This means that around 26,000 systems with a total capacity of around 350 MW could be subsidized in 2021. The payments amount to a total of CHF 150 million. Plant operators who submit their complete application by October 31, 2022, could presumably be fully subsidized via the KLEIV.
In 2021, about 500 plants with a total capacity of 168 MW will receive a one-time payment for large photovoltaic plants (GREIV). In 2022, all system operators who submit their applications by October 31, 2022, are expected to receive assurance of a GREIV.
No additional plants were added to the feed-in tariff (FiT) system in 2021. The PV waiting list has not been reduced since 2021. A feed-in tariff is currently received by 12,085 photovoltaic systems. In addition, 19 photovoltaic projects have a funding commitment for the KEV. It is paid out after the construction of these plants.
Since January 1, 2018, the Swiss have been paying a grid surcharge of CHF 0.023 ($0.021) per kilowatt hour to promote electricity production from renewable sources. The money goes into the grid surcharge fund, which is used to finance various support measures.